courtesy of ‘Joe Shlabotnik’
The head prepsters at Rugby, the Ralph Lauren clothing brand with a shop/restaurant in Georgetown, are having a little Holiday Wardrobe give away.
In exchange for some of your info, you can enter to win the grand prize, a $2000 gift card, to purchase whatever you want from their classic and signature pieces. The bonus is that your purchases can be for anyone you’re shopping for-mom, dad, grandma, the bf, etc. The runner-up receives a $1000 card, not too shabby, and for third place, a $500 card, not too shabby as well.
So start the lineout, get your pack in order and go for the try.
This is curious to me for about 53 reasons, 2 of which I’ll list here at random, with the other 51 yours to guess or even infer.
#27–Ralph Lauren shares his initials with a dear friend of my college roommate’s first-cousin, Randy Lewis.
#52–If you were to win all three gift cards, assuming there’s no provision preventing such luck and madness, you would win $3500. Invest that in some high-risk junk bonds, and assuming the market’s right and the picks are shrewd, you could make quite a pretty penny. Then again, you could lose it all, which would really put a damper on the holidays. Unless, of course, you were to win another “Holiday Wardrobe giveaway.”
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I would be willing to wager $3500 worth of gift cards used to purchase shrewd junk bonds that I can guess all 51 of Yoe’s other reasons for curiosity:
#69 – We all know Ralph Lauren doesn’t make the Rugby brand, because it doesn’t have a horsey on it.
Now that I’ve misplaced the list of reasons I’m curious, I’ll have to guess myself.
#68+1–“A Man, a plan, a canal, Panama”
#70-1–Rugby comes from the Urdu word, “rug by” which, loosely translated into Farsi, means “scrum-a-licious.” Translate that into an old West Prussian dialect, and it means something slightly different: “scrum-tastic.”
Let me change the topic for a minute:
I’m doing a crossword, and the clue is: “The word ‘rugby’, when translated from Urdu to Farsi to an old West Prussian dialect, means this.”
Any help guys?
Guys, I was just in a 3 hour meeting, but we accomplished very little because we got side-tracked trying to come up with more of Yusuf’s reasons.
#69 – Rugy rhymes with sugby, which sounds like subpy, which could be short for subpoena, which sounds like sub-pianist, which reminds me of a joke I heard about a man in a bar who meets a 12-inch pianist.
I’ve got a lot of questions (via both fax an e-mail) about words that rhyme with rugby, and the only one I could come up with (aside from a few that I am privileged to know in South Asian dialects thanks to my personal language training trough the convenience of Rosetta Stone) was “sugby.” I couldn’t think of a joke I vaguely remembered about a man in a bar who meets a 12-inch pianist, though, so thanks to Schrendan for that. It does, however, remind me of the time I worked as a 12-inch pianist in a bar and I met a sub-pianist.
As a side note, does it bother anyone else that the “grand” prize is actually $2,000, in essence, a “two-grand” prize? I’ve been e-mailing the legal department of Ralph Lauren all morning and haven’t heard anything. Incidentally, grand rhymes with shrand, which makes me think of Shrendan and a joke about a 12-inch pianist.
Just some food for thought, guys. You do the dishes.
Is the $2,000 “grand” “prize” before or after taxes? If it’s after taxes, and if it’s won in a state with a high tax burden like New York or Canada, and assuming our lucky winner is not a tax cheat, and assuming he has an honest, competent accountant, then his $2,000 “grand prize” is something closer to $1,100. Which is more like winning second prize.
Also, given the going rates for pianists these days, the grand prize sure wouldn’t buy much time with our 12-inch friend in any bar that I know of, no matter what the state value-added tax rate is (or is not).